How are you celebrating Mardi Gras this year?
From King Cake to shrimp and grits, get the lowdown on Fat Tuesday grub
Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday... whatever name you call it by, it’s a big day of feasting and partying. And this year it’s happening today, February 25.
So what’s Fat Tuesday all about?
Mardi Gras marks the culmination of Carnival. It’s also the day before Ash Wednesday; for Catholics that’s the first day of Lent, which traditionally involved fasting and abstinence.
Mardi Gras is actually French for Fat Tuesday.
Most people associate Mardi Gras with Louisiana. The main party is in New Orleans, with a massive night of celebrations in the city’s infamous Bourbon Street. But there are celebrations across the US.
What do people eat on Fat Tuesday?
Here are some typical Mardi Gras dishes, that are mostly eaten in the South...
— Shrimp and grits; a southern classic
— Pancakes; Fat Tuesday is called Pancake Tuesday in other parts of the world
— Milk Punch; milk, sugar, bourbon, and vanilla - what more do you need?
—Cajun jambalaya - a rice and shrimp-tastic delight.
— King Cake; topped with icing and covered in colorful sprinkles, this delicious cake contains spiced fruit and nuts. It’s shaped like a ring .
King Cake cr: Flickr
How is Mardi Gras celebrated across the US?
But if you can’t get to New Orleans this year, there’s plenty going on in different spots. Mobile, Alabama actually has some of the oldest Mardi Gras traditions in the US. During carnival season there, “mystic societies” organise masked balls and parades.
Meanwhile in Dallas, there’s something called Mardi Gras Texas Style, a music and food festival.
And a bunch of bars and restaurants in Boston will be laying on Louisiana-style feasts to celebrate the big day in style. One spot, a BBQ joint called Sweet Cheeks, will be offering up a crawfish boil, featuring Louisiana-sourced crawfish, Gulf shrimp, andouille sausage, potatoes, and corn on the cob.